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About the Indian Computing Olympiad

The Indian Computing Olympiad is a nationwide competition organized annually by IARCS. The goal of the competition is to identify school students with outstanding skills in algorithms and computer programming.

The Indian Computing Olympiad is used to select the team of four students to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). IOI is one of the twelve international Science Olympiads held annually. Other prominent Science Olympiads include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy.

Eligibility

The Indian Computing Olympiad is open to all school students across the country, from any school board. Any student registered in school upto class 12 during the academic year 2019-2020 is eligible. There is no lower age limit for participation.

To participate, you must still be in school. If you have completed Class 12, you are no longer eligible, even if you have taken a break and are not enrolled in college, or if are planning to redo your Class 12 exams for improvement.

Registration

Registration for the 2019-2020 round of the Indian Computing Olympiad is open till 1 November, 2019.

Stages

The first round of the Indian Computing Olympiad is in two parts.

  • The Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) is a written exam. held at centres across the country.

  • Alternatively, students can qualify for the second round by taking part in the Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO), a programming contest. The programming languages supported are C, C++, Java and Python.

  • ZIO-2020 will be held on 10 November, 2019 and ZCO-2020 will be held on 1 December, 2019. You may write both exams and qualify through either one.

The second round, the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) involves programming. The programming languages supported are C++ and Java. INOI-2019 took place on 27 January, 2019. INOI-2020 will be held on 12 January, 2020.

Approximately 30 students are selected from INOI for the IOI Training Camp (IOITC). IOITC-2019 took place from 30 April to 9 May, 2019. IOITC-2020 is likely to take place in early May, 2020.

IOI-2020 will take place in Singapore in July 2020.

How to prepare for ICO

  • Go through the Online Study Material for ICO. The syllabus for ZIO, ZCO and INOI is the list of Basic Topics in the Online Study Material  ...

  • Join the IOI online community  ...

  • Solve problems online at the IARCS Problems Archive  ...

Incentives for students

Codechef conducts a monthly programming contest Lunch Time through Codechef for Schools and offers incentives for IOI through the Go for Gold for IOI programme  ...

The following academic institutions in India have special admission procedures for ICO students.

  • Amrita University offers fully funded B.Tech. Honors CSE programme for students who perform well in ICO  ...

  • Chennai Mathematical Institute offers direct admission to students selected for IOITC in Class 12  ...

  • IIIT Delhi offers bonus marks to students selected for INOI and IOITC  ...

  • IIIT Hyderabad offers admission via the Olympiad category to students selected for IOITC  ...

The following international academic institutions have special admission procedures for IOI students.

  • The Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada, offers Michael and Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarships to IOI medallists  ...

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has a scholarship scheme for IOI gold medallists  ...

  • Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore exempts IOI medallists from writing the entrance exam  ...

  • National University of Singapore (NUS) offers special consideration for IOI medallists  ...

Contact

Please write to Madhavan Mukund, National Coordinator, Indian Computing Olympiad at ico@iarcs.org.in if you have any questions or clarifications.

Our partners

The Indian Computing Olympiad is held in partnership with:

From 2001-2002 to 2013-2014, ZIO and INOI were coordinated through the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE). ZCO-2016, INOI-2016 and ZCO-2017 were held on the TCS iON platform.




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